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Education

  • 76 graduates flip tassels at USCL

    Walking across the stage of the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Bundy Auditorium wasn’t optional for Joseph Hammond on Saturday.
    It was something he had to do.
    After going to school part-time since 2008 to earn a bachelor’s degree, the summa cum laude graduate enjoyed every second of shaking hands with USCL Dean Walt Collins.
    “This day means a lot, but it means even more for my family,” said Hammond, a father of two, who works at Resolute Forest Products in Catawba.

  • School board OKs bond sale

    The Lancaster County school board met Tuesday night for the first time since the bond referendum passed last month, approving $199 million for school construction, safety and technology projects. 

    The board unanimously approved the resolutions to declare the results of the bond referendum and to allow the issuance and sale of the bonds.  

  • Art with class

    From Release

    Lancaster-based sculptor Bob Doster recently installed a student-made metal sculpture at Duncan Elementary School in Spartanburg. The circular design utilized student self-portraits standing beside each other. 

    Doster was the artist in residence at the school as part of Chapman Cultural Center’s Arts Advantage program.

  • High schools shift to 10-pt grading system

    Beginning with the 2016-17 school year, South Carolina’s high school students will be graded on a 10-point scale. The South Carolina Board of Education unanimously voted last week to make the change from the current 7-point scale.
    State Superintendent Molly Spearman said in a release the shift to a 10-point scale will level the playing field for Palmetto State high schoolers.

  • USCL students celebrate Earth Day

    Polar bears, mini-greenhouses and human burial pods were among the projects featured this week at the annual Earth Day Event at USC Lancaster, as Geology 103 students ended the semester with proposals for a brighter future.  
    “This is my environmental geology class,” said Instructor Lynette Martek, surveying the crowded classroom. “These are the people who will save the Earth.”

  • USCL honors OSPy winners

    The TRiO program at USCL honored its past and its finest at the annual OSPy (Opportunity Scholars Program) awards ceremony on Wednesday. Former TRiO Director Thelathia “Thee” Bailey was honored for her years of service, and top honors for Best All-Around Student went to Kera Stroner.   
    Students and staff filled the special events room in the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building, which was decorated with a Mardi Gras theme. Smooth jazz filled the air, adding a feeling of celebration.    

  • Sociology prof Susan Cruise USCL’s Teacher of the Year

    Dr. Susan Cruise, an assistant professor of sociology, was named the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Teacher of the Year on Thursday during the college’s first Celebration of Research and Productive Scholarship Day.  

  • Snakes Alive!

    Seventh-grader Yasir Speaks stands stock still as his classmates watch, mouths agape, from the bleachers in the Indian Land Middle School gym.
    Herpetologist Ron Cromer approaches him with a black snake wrapped around his wrist.
    Yasir follows Cromer’s instructions and holds his arms out, an uncertain grin on his face. He’s about to do something most of his classmates never have: hold a snake as long as he is tall.

  • Spearman wows the crowd at Heath Springs Elementary

    Spotlighting statewide arts education programs and setting expectations high for students are just some of the items on S.C. Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman’s bucket list.  
    Speaking to hundreds of educators inside Heath Springs Elementary School’s auditorium Tuesday, Spearman touched on those issues as part of the statewide Arts in Basic Curriculum meeting.

  • School bond aims to address overcrowding

    Will mobile classrooms packed full of students soon become the norm at some of Lancaster County’s most crowded schools?
    It’s a possibility that scares many local school district officials and residents, and is driving the effort to pass a $199 million school bond referendum during a special election next Tuesday, March 22.